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    The Yarn Nerd aka VFT Gal krochetnkat's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JustLikeAPill View Post
    Oh my goodness.

    It's severely etoliated. It's suffering from light deprivation. This spring, put it outside and fill your terrarium with D. adelae which don't mine low light

    Dionaea are suited for full sun. You live in Virginia right? Perfect!
    I live in NORTHERN Virginia. We get the extremely hot and humid summers and the 0 degree winters. Like I said tho, he was green until last night when I introduced the new daylight bulb, and the trouble forming traps is why I searched out a group resource like this in the first place. No plant will be able to go outside here until at least May, and while I was planning to put all of my plants outside then, it obviously isn't an option for a VERY long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krochetnkat View Post
    I live in NORTHERN Virginia. We get the extremely hot and humid summers and the 0 degree winters. Like I said tho, he was green until last night when I introduced the new daylight bulb, and the trouble forming traps is why I searched out a group resource like this in the first place. No plant will be able to go outside here until at least May, and while I was planning to put all of my plants outside then, it obviously isn't an option for a VERY long time.
    It doesn't sound much different than North Carolina where VFTs are native to. You might have to bring them in or mulch them during the winter but otherwise they'll probably thrive outdoors.
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    Look up a member called Vraev and just copy his setup if you want to grow it in a terrarium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    What kind of bulb are the grow lights? And what color temp is the CF bulb (cool white, warm white etc.) The color of the plant looks different under different lights. My VFTs look sickly colored under one of those aquarium/plant lights but grand in full sunlight.

    Yes, the plant looks light starved to me too.

    Right now I have both the plant light (Honestly I don't know what that tube is. When I bought the VFT the salesman claimed he had VFT's and this is what he recommended.) and it did fine until it went into dormancy. I even had pinkish red traps last fall using the lights that he recommended. and I took the other plant light off and attached the Daylight 13 watt bulb (and bought a second to attach).


    The problem came when the plant came out of dormancy. It was obvious that the plant wasn't getting enough light and so I searched out information and found Terra forums, which is where I learned what lights would be acceptable. His leaves weren't folding over last night, the dark green leaves were a nice light green, and all but a few of the leaves were raised... not down dying.
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    Hot and humid summers?? PERFECT! Dionaea will benefit a lot where you live! If the winters are mild (28 to 35 degreesF) Venus Flytraps could live outside year round where you are. Add a circulating water bog, and they would absolutely thrive!!! It may be too soon to do it now, but when the first days of good weather (65 degreesF to -------whatever) put them out immediately! Direct sun is best, but for color, read the stickies in this forum to understand the coloring up process. A lot of years of observation went into understanding how they color up best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugweed View Post
    Hot and humid summers?? PERFECT! Dionaea will benefit a lot where you live! If the winters are mild (28 to 35 degreesF) Venus Flytraps could live outside year round where you are. Add a circulating water bog, and they would absolutely thrive!!! It may be too soon to do it now, but when the first days of good weather (65 degreesF to -------whatever) put them out immediately! Direct sun is best, but for color, read the stickies in this forum to understand the coloring up process. A lot of years of observation went into understanding how they color up best.
    In three months... when the temperature gets 65... I will put them outside, which were my intentions in the very beginning. My problem now is why a plant tht was not struggling this much last night is struggling after only 5 hours under a daylight bulb. My other Venus Fly Trap did not do this over night, only this one single plant.
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    The average temp for Willmington, NC in Feb is 47F. See Barry's FAQ

    Living organisms sometimes just die for no discernable reason. Barry's book has a photo of a Sarracenia purpurea that just upped and died when it seemed hale and hearty just a few days before.

    Of the four warehouse wonder VFTs I've bought since Oct, one of them is probably dead. It just started to decline about a month after I got it even though it was showing phenomenal growth previously. I depotted it and found it had bulb/root root so I peeled off most of the rotted parts, sprinkled cinnamon on it, wrapped it in a moist paper towel and baggie and tossed it into the fridge. The intent was to keep it alive until the growing season started and hope it would survive. A couple weeks ago the stems were turning black (the remaining rhizome was still whiteish and firm). I potted it up and put it outdoors. I seriously doubt it is still alive. I should have just repotted it and put it outdoors in the first place when the rhizome was in better shape.
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    Krochetnkat - How hot does that new bulb get compared to the old bulb? I know I have a few Compact Fluorescent bulbs around the house then they get pretty hot!

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